A nearly 1,100-foot container ship ran aground off Pasadena in the Chesapeake Bay after leaving the Port of Baltimore late Sunday evening en route to Norfolk, Virginia.
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a safety advisory Monday morning as efforts were being made to refloat the Ever Forward, which is part of a large fleet of cargo ships owned by Taiwan-based Evergreen Marine Corp.
A Coast Guard spokesperson said there were no injuries, pollution concerns or damage to the vessel. Area mariners were asked Monday to follow one-way traffic and reduce their speed in a temporary safety zone near the stranded ship.
The ship was transiting the Craighill Channel, just over 2 miles offshore from Downs Park in Pasadena, when it ran aground. The ship, emblazoned with the Evergreen name, and the work to free it could be seen from the park Monday afternoon.
The ship is not impairing vessel traffic, according to the Coast Guard, which was not able to set a timeline on when it might be refloated.
“Everything like this is kind of its own beast,” Coast Guard Petty Officer Steven Lehmann said Monday morning.
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The Ever Forward carries the truck-sized steel boxes used in global trade that can be readily shifted between ships, trucks and trains. The vessel needs about 43 feet of water to operate in. The Craighill Channel is dredged to 52 feet and is 700 feet wide; however, the water depths adjacent to it range from 25 feet to shoals of 17 feet, according to nautical charts.
Evergreen Marine also owns the Ever Given, which in March 2021 became wedged across Egypt’s Suez Canal and blocked all traffic in the vital waterway, disrupting a global shipping system that already was strained by the coronavirus pandemic. It was freed from the sandy bank March 29, 2021.